Make it Digital is a program launched by the BBC over one week ago and is led by its director-general Tony Hall. What's also interesting is that the BBC is now in direct partnership with 25 different companies, all with one goal in mind - to develop the "Micro Bit". This is a very simplistic computer that will be distributed to over 1 million children in schools across the UK.
In case the name "Micro Bit" strikes a bit of déjà vu with some of you, it might be because of the BBC's Micro program of the 1980's. This program had the same idea as the one we are now witnessing.
Some of the companies now involved with the BBC include Microsoft, Google, ARM and Samsung, which is great to hear! The main goal behind all of this is, of course, to entice the children to learn some basic but essential coding skills. They hope that those children who do will then proceed to take on more complex programmable hardware, such as the Rasbperry Pi.
Whilst addressing the crowd at the launch of the program, Tony Hall said:
"Make it Digital could help digital creativity become as familiar and fundamental as writing, and I’m truly excited by what Britain, and future great Britons, can achieve."
Hall later added that he expects to see the tech industry in the UK grow by 40% during the next five years. This means there will be a demand for more than 1 million workers.
Consequently, the BBC has decided to launch educational programs and activities across the UK in order to educate parents, teachers and the younger generations. They'll also be training over 5,000 unemployed young people, all as a part of the Make it Digital program.
The BBC has also worked closely with over 50 different companies in the UK alone to create this project.